Moby Dick

Moby Dick

Audiobook CD - 1987
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Its famous opening line, Call me Ishmael, dramatic in its stark simplicity, begins an epic that is widely regarded as the greatest novel ever written by an American. Labeled variously a realistic story of whaling, a romance of unusual adventure and eccentric characters, a symbolic allegory, and a drama of heroic conflict, Moby Dick is first and foremost a great story. It has both the humor and poignancy of a simple sea ballad, as well as the depth and universality of a grand odyssey. When Melville's father died in 1832, the young man's financial security went too. For a while he turned to school-mastering and clerking, but failed to make a sustainable income. In 1840 he signed up on the whaler, Acushnet, out of New Bedford, Massachusetts. He was just 21. A whaler's life turned out to be both arduous and dangerous, and in 1842, Melville deserted ship. Out of this experience and a wealth of printed sources, Melville crafted his masterpiece.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, p1987
ISBN: 9781402570957
1402570953
Branch Call Number: MEL
Characteristics: 18 compact discs (21 hrs.) : digital ; 12 cm
Additional Contributors: Muller, Frank

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paisano
Jun 11, 2015

This may be considered a classic, but it is by far one of the most boring, dull difficult to read books I have ever read. It did not sell well in 1847 when it was written, I can see why. People a great deal more intelligent than I have deemed it a "classic". Just as Ahab wanted to beat the whale, I did not want Melville to beat me, so I finished every word of this book. Now I can say I read Moby Dick, and people will ask me. Why? lol

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chartman454
Oct 14, 2014

More than almost anyone would ever want to know about whales. One of the greatest books that I have ever read! This is a difficult book to work through, but the payoff in the end is worth it. You will not regret reading this book.

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